Central Idahoans for Accountability in
Government P.O. Box 149
Stanley, Idaho 83278
Please mail your completed petitions to Marie Osborn at the above PO
Sponsors: Marie Osborn, Dave Kimpton, Tom Stuart, Doug and Ann
A petition to Rep. Richard Pombo, Chair, U.S.
House Committee on Resources on the
Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA)
(1) Custer County contains a relatively small private-land taxable
base to support county government and essential public services.
(2) Congress has a mechanism for paying money to county governments
to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal
lands within county boundaries called "Payment In Lieu of Taxes" (or
(3) As was repeatedly stated at the public hearing on CIEDRA in
Challis on July 2, the people of Custer County will be far better off
financially with a yearly and dependable allocation of federal funds
than with a conveyance of public land.
(4) Congress is not fully funding PILT, and owes Custer County
thousands of dollars in back taxes in lieu.
(5) The only high school that serves Stanley is located in Challis,
over 55 miles away. The school bus commute along the dangerous,
winding Salmon River road exceeds 2 hours each way. The 4-hour commute
is hard on students and families. Some families with high-school-age
students move away -- impacting businesses, health care, law
(6) The Sawtooth National Recreation Area lands, nearly 1,000 acres
at Cape Horn on the Challis National Forest, and other areas are
proposed by CIEDRA for conveyance to Custer County. This areas
include critical elk wintering grounds, wild chinook spawning and
rearing waters, and other habitat important for wildlife. These lands
will be sold to developers and subdivided, benefiting mostly a few
wealthy buyers while harming vulnerable wildlife.
(7) Giving land or money to government officials in Custer and Blaine
Counties without direction and accountability risks squandering scarce
We the undersigned residents, property owners and visitors to Custer and
Blaine Counties request that
(1) Congress provide federal funds to Custer County rather than
destroying critical wildlife habitat. These monies should include
back taxes in lieu owed Custer County, indexed to inflation.
(2) Congress should direct that the monies be used for emergency
medical services, county roads, and education including a high school
(3) To ensure Congress meets it obligations and counties have a
dependable source of income, PILT should change from an annual
appropriation to an entitlement, and indexed to inflation. The PILT
funding formula should change so that sparsely populated, low-income
counties such as Custer County are funded equitably with counties such
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